Come back from recovery stronger
Posted on July 22nd, 2016
One of the greatest parts about the recovery process is that the only energy you need to exert is into healing. So why not extend healing to all areas of your life. Use this period of stillness for a physical detox and mental cleanse. That way when you’re healed and back to your normal routine, you come back stronger in every aspect of your life.
More than ever your body needs you to be strong and healthy. Start with your diet. Cut out any fried foods, junk food, foods with high amount of sugars, processed meats and processed cheese. In addition, it’s also a good idea to cut out sodas and anything with artificial sweeteners. You can indulge yourself every so often, but especially while your energy and body is stagnant, it’s good to fuel yourself with foods that charge you. In the days following the surgery, you’re most likely taking pain killers which can upset the digestive system so it’s best not to also add unhealthy foods into the mix. Ayurvedically it is best to have lighter meals for breakfast and dinner to help keep you focused and energized throughout the day.
From a Yogic and Ayurvedic standpoint, everything in life is either sattvic, rajasic or tamasic. These three gunas define our human psychology and mental state, but are also applied to our lifestyle, actions, environment, impressions we digest and the foods we eat. Sattva relates to anything that brings or makes you feel clarity, lightness, happiness. It raises your vibration and allows you to evolve in consciousness. When you live a sattvic lifestyle, you are balanced and peaceful. Rajas creates emotional fluctuations, activity and distraction. Tamas lowers your vibration, making you dull, lethargic and lazy. In general one should aim to always eat a sattvic diet but it is especially important during the healing process. Examples of some sattvic foods:
-Fresh fruits and vegetables
-Beans (in moderation)
-Natural plant-based oils like sesame, olive, and sunflower.
-Butter and ghee (clarified butter)
-Natural sugars like honey
-Spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander, turmeric, mint, basil, fenugreek.
-Seeds and nuts.
Try to take time daily to rest in a quiet space and meditate. Meditate outside, if possible, as it gives you a sense of grounding and can be very calming. If meditation is new to your practice, it might be helpful to listen to a guided meditation. There are many great apps like Headspace, as well as Youtube videos and free meditation sessions on the Internet.
It is not recommended to go straight into your meditation so it’s always a good idea to begin with some pranayama. Agnisar (fire starter) is great because it engages the abdomen, the centre of our inner Agni. It stimulates digestion which can be important if the pain killers are affecting your system negatively. Mantra is another great way to prepare for your seat.
1. Exhale the lungs until completely empty.
2. Pump the abdomen in out quickly.
3. Continue until you need breath.
Post-Meditation is the time for manifestation! Now that you are calm and more detached, get out a journal or a piece of paper and make two lists. The first is all the things that add joy to your life. The second, any areas such as work, relationships, living environments etc that need change. Once you have addressed what it is you need to work on, make a third list. In this list, write down everything that you’re working on, but write it in the present tense as if you’ve already instilled those changes. Keep affirming your statements daily. “I am..”, “I’m happy because I’m..”. Your mindset creates your reality so it’s the first step to getting you on track towards a life that will bring you the most peace and happiness.
Happy healing! xo